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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Santa's Little Helper (or the Postal Carrier...)

Headed out for a quick night run - with temps around 40, why pass it up?  Almost all of our neighborhood trails (wide dirt paths) are snow free, which is good in the dark!  The reflective piping on Kathleen's knickers played some tricks on the camera - or maybe it was the blazing speed ...???

Had to do a quick note on the new headlamp.  I took a tip from the Trail Zombie and picked up a Princeton Tec Corona headlamp.  I never notice it in daylight, but I have an annoying head bounce when I run.  This is bad with a spot beam as the bouncy light produces a strange sensation similar to being seasick - cool, eh?  So this blowtorch has 8 LED's and a bunch of combinations of light and power settings, all in more of a flood pattern ~ no bouncing, no nausea!  Needless to say, more is better so I don't mess with the lightweight stuff, but go straight for HIGH POWER.  Definitely recommended for those who run at night.  Anxious for spring, as I think you could easily run technical at night with this.
 Some neighborhood lights - their deer is fake...
... Ours were NOT!  These guys were slurping out of our bird feeder and did not even care that we came home from our run.  When I got the camera out, this doe came walking over thinking I was going to feed her right out of my hand!!!  I had to shut the door before she tried to walk in the house.  We must have naughty neighbors who are feeding the wildlife...
Lo and behold, Santa's Little Helper, aka the postal carrier, left a little surprise on the porch while we were out.  Now it seems some very, very dear friends from a bit east of here (say, maybe, Tulsa area...) were sneaky (and thoughtful) and sent us a beautiful Christmas wreath.  We will have to post a pic when we get it hung in just the right spot.  Spreading Christmas Cheer - Thank You - Friends like you are a blessing!

Also, playing on iTunes while I type - Mercy Me "The Christmas Sessions".  Check it out if you need some fresh Christmas music.  Happy Trails!


T Z said...

Ho ho ho!
Hi guys! I need to let you know something. Dana's card which somehow feel out of the package (my bad) did not make the trip. She told the story of the wreath, which she made....along with around 30 others so far this year. she did say it was not possible to find Montrail or Asics Christmas tree ornaments. Pikes Peak replica decorations were also in short supply in Tulsa!

Hope you enjoy the beans. http://www.doubleshotcoffee.com/DoubleShot.html buys direct from the growers and roasts his own. He is a reaal quirky guy....nice if he likes you, and a real scrooge if he does not. Kind of like the soup Nazi, except with coffee.


PS....we liked your yard decorations better than your neighbors!

T Z said...

Oops, I meant to include Brian's blog along with his website. The website is more colorful, but the blog tells more of his story and why I like buying his coffee.


Slomohusky said...

Fun posting. I too have issues with headlamps for similiar reasons.

we will be at or slightly over 60 degrees for the next 5 days. Sorry.

Like the deers. We lived for 18 months, 30 minutes out of Topeka on the edge of a wooded patch of land with a creek. Nearest neighbor was two football fields away. We had many deer, Wild Turkey, turtles, badger, snakes, and cranes visiting us.

So, do the real deers and the fake illuminated one at your neighbors ever meet face to face?

Tina at Gotta Run Now said...

Look at all of those deer! I like the contrasting deer pics! Too bad it makes the fake one look so... fake!

Meg Runs said...

I have been unhappy with our night headgear, I'm going to look into yours, thanks! I also love your "real" reindeer...where did Santa go? He seemed to have left a very thoughtful gift from your friends, how sweet!

Tara said...

I love pic of all of the snow in your neighbor's front yard. I hate to say it, but I am soooo ready for snow and a white Christmas! The deer in your yard are beautiful! Glad you all got out for a warm run this week.

Merry Christmas!!


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